As soon as the weather turns, I quickly abandon summer salads and turn to fall foods: butternut squash, roasted root vegetables, sweet potato, kale and almond salad, cornbread. For breakfast, I’ve been craving pumpkin granola and for dinner this: roasted almond butternut squash sauce.
I came back from Corsica a couple of weeks ago with a new obsession: fresh figs. Fig trees are everywhere there and my sister and I took full advantage, stopping to pick them whenever possible.
Corsica, aside from its cheese and charcuterie, is known for its chestnut flour, a finely ground, slightly sweet, gluten-free flour made from chestnuts. Crepes (though not popular in Corsica) are ubiquitous in Paris, so I decided to combine these two influences here.
Chestnut flour crepes with goat cheese and fresh figs will become a staple dish around here. I have never made crepes before – and I was surprised at how easy and versatile they are. Be sure to read the notes at the end of the recipe for some crepe making tips.
When it comes to quick weeknight meals, I tend to go through regional phases of cooking in the most stereotypically American sense (a bit embarrassing). For a month or more I’ll make “Mexican” food – simple salads or tacos seasoned with cumin, cilantro and avocado, topped with salsa. Then I may move onto “Italian” for a couple weeks; spaghetti squash pasta, eggplant parmesan, pizzas, etc. until I run out of Josh’s tomato sauce.
This month has been all about “Greek” food. The phase began with a simple desire for grass-fed lamb and we’re only in the middle of it. These loaded Greek fries pile on all my favorite elements of Americanized Greek cuisine: oregano sweet potato fries topped with spiced lamb meat, tzatziki sauce, fresh tomatoes, feta and pickled red onions. They’re a perfect, satisfying and healthy alternative to greasy summer food.
Josh and I were in France with my family last week for a wedding, which brings me to the topic of food and planes. Even though I’m food conscious when is comes to traveling – planning out where to eat, slightly stressing about breakfast options (I have a serious oatmeal habit), scoping out the local specialities – food is not something I usually bring on planes. If I pack snacks, I eat them out of boredom rather than hunger and I’m just not that together about it all.
If I was more together and not always so rushed, I’d make and pack these gluten free, vegan chewy apricot coconut cookies. They would make a perfect travel breakfast, snack or sweet bite after (or instead of) a meal on the go.